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Welcome Dr. Nuru!

Have you met our newest faculty member? We have, and she is great!

The Department of Communication is thrilled to welcome our newest colleague Dr. Audra Nuru. Audra recently completed her PhD at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her work examines how individuals from minority social groups communicate to make sense of themselves, their relationships, and their relational roles. Her research on multiethnic-racial identity has been recognized by non-profit organizations in the southeast for linking research with praxis. Further, she has worked with family therapists and guidance counselors to design workshops, seminars and outreach programs to facilitate the development of healthy self-concepts among multiethnic/racial and LBGTQ communities. She has earned fellowships with the University of Georgia to do research in Costa Rica and has studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Welcome Audra! be sure to stop by and say hello and welcome her to campus. Her office is on the second floor of DMH, right next to Dr. Zhang.

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The Department of Communication hosts AJCU Communication Conference on campus

This past week the Department of Communication played host to over 45 faculty members from Jesuit institutions around the country who teach and research in communication, film, journalism and related fields.  The conference was a smashing success and included panels and sessions on pedagogy, research trends, mission and identity topics and host of other conversations.  Visiting Faculty and Deans toured the Bellarmine museum, walked campus and even had a clambake on Sheffield Island in the Long Island sound.10523225_10152183947137312_7778973158333277251_n

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Congratulations to our 2014 Communication Graduates!

On Sunday, March 18th Fairfield University held its 64th Commencement exercises.  Over 100 undergraduate Communication majors and 12 Masters students received their degrees in separate ceremonies held under gloriously sunny skies.  Congratulations to our graduate and undergraduate students, please stay in touch!10344351_10152088989900913_838559128122903038_o 10368899_10152088991125913_2110146424882092910_o

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Congratulations to the Lambda Pi Eta 2014 inductees

On Saturday, March 17th the Department of Communication inducted over 20 students into the national communication undergraduate honors society – Lambda Pi Eta.  The ceremony was a beautiful one and fittingly included remarks from our colleague Dr. Robbin Crabtree, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who will be leaving Fairfield this summer.  Congratulations to all the LPE inductees.1907987_10152088994285913_6724469438238799508_n

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Farewell Dean Crabtree

Dean Robbin Crabtree, a Professor of Communication and former Chair of the Department of Communication, will be leaving Fairfield for our sister school, LMU in Los Angeles this summer.  It is difficult to say goodbye to sic a wonderful colleague.  Below the Communication Faculty (and special guest star Dr. David Sapp) are toasting farewell to our colleague Dr. Crabtree.  Dr. Crabtree was a favorite teacher when she was serving as chair of the Department and served for six years as the chair of what is now the largest major in the College.  She presided over a period of growth for the major, the hires of several new faculty and the development of graduate program in Communication.  Good luck Dr. Crabtree from all of us in the Department of Communication!

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Congratulations Kaitlyn Banazynski

Senior Communication Major Kaitlyn Banazynski was named the Outstanding Achievement in Communication Award Winner and is pictured here receiving her award with Departmental Chair Dr. David Gudelunas.  Congratulations!042814_CAS_Awards_77

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